Our winemaking philosophy and strategy is based on minimal intervention, relying on the health and balanced growth of the vines to guide the process. Our grapes are gently harvested by hand, and fermentations proceed naturally without the addition of commercial yeasts.
Family wine expert
Nestled on the top of the hill, in the heart of the most famous wine region in Montenegro, Crmnica, lie our 5.000 square meters of family-owned vineyards. On a tour through centuries-old vineyards, the oldest member of our family – the grandfather, will share with you his knowledge about our finest wines. You will feel the atmosphere, the culture and the spirit of the long tradition of exquisite wine production.
AUTHENTIC WINE CELLAR
Visiting our wine cellar, you will get the possibility to explore our family’s culture of grape growing and wine making, which is almost 400 years. When properly stored, wines not only maintain their quality but many actually improve in aroma, flavour and complexity, as they mature. Depending of their level of sugar and alcohol, wines are more or less sensitive to temperature variances. The combination of stone and wood gives our wine cellar the best conditions for keeping wine at its optimal temperature.
The particular species, Vranac, also known as ‘black stallion’, which is only grown in this area, thrives in our rocky well drained earth and sunny afternoons moderated by cooling a breath of wind. Our long history of wine making, has resulted in a superior grapes that we can be proud of. With so much enthusiasm and happiness we are proud to welcome you and share with you the quality and romance of our most distinguished wines.
OUR FINEST WINESRECIPE OF OUR ANCESTORS
Vranac is an ancient Montenegrin variety and its real origin has been hidden deeply in the history. It has been grown since the 14th century in the valley of Lake Skadar. It has ann intense ruby colour with purple hues. In the nose and taste it reminds you of ripe sour cherries, dark forest fruit and prunes with sweet, spicy tones, leaving good mouthfeel and warmth in the aftertaste. It is full on taste, rich with alcohol and extract. It has balanced acids and extraordinary tannic structure, giving it the possibility of longer laying down and aging. After fermentation in stainless steel vats, it aged for one year in oak barrels in strictly controlled conditions.
Rakija is a strong alcoholic drink with over 47% vol% alc. It is very potable, harmonious, mildly developed and made from the grape varieties Vranac and Kratošija. It is an autochthonous Montenegrin product, classified as a natural brandy. It is made by the distillation of the whole crushed grapes. It is recommended as an aperitif or a digestive, cooled at 4-6°C. If it is served as an aperitif, it is usually served with salted sticks, salted crackers and salted, roasted almonds and peanuts. If it is served as a digestive, it is the best with dried figs and walnuts.
The grapes for this wine originates from the best parcels of our property. They are picked in the period of full, technological ripeness with the best polyphenolic complex and high sugar content. Barique has a strong structure, and by laying down in oak barrels, it becomes enriched with nice, sweet tannins. The wine is rounded, full-bodied, soft and long lasting. In this wine you will taste the mild notes of toasted oak and aromas of caramel and smoke in the finish. After fermentation in stainless steel vats, it is aged for one year in barriques in strictly controlled conditions.
Krstač is an autochtonous Montenegrin white grape variety. It has a characteristic berry size and form of the cluster, resembling a cross, which it was named after. It is of these particularly selected grapes that the authentic white wine of extraordinary freshness has been made.This wine is on the edge between Mediterranean and continental type. It is light golden yellow color with greenish reflection. This is a light, potable, crisp and balanced wine with the characteristic varietal flavors of peach and pear. Served cold, Cermeniza Krstač represents the ideal aperitif.